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November 11, 2015

How Adventure Camps Open the Doors of Personal Development for Your Child

Adventure camps offer activities that combine education with fun. Structured activities in a safe and supportive environment create a well-balanced and entertaining program. Outdoor Adventure Camps Are Available for Boys and Girls Long ago, they were often boys-only territory. That was then. Nowadays, many girls attend these kinds of camps too. Girls have the opportunity to be more active... Read More

November 6, 2015

Why Day Camps are a Great Choice for Kids this Summer

For children who may not be ready to spend a lengthy period of time at a traditional summer camp, day camps introduce time away and ease children into an important challenge. 95 percent of kids experience homesickness at some point during their summertime away, so it’s wise to take baby steps. Learning to spend time away from the family... Read More

October 27, 2015

The Advantages of Overnight Camp

Day camps can be fabulous, but there is something to be said for the childhood bond formed as two kids giggle into the wee hours from neighboring bunk beds, or work together to remove a troll-sized spider from the bathroom stall. A unique connection grows among overnight campers as the cicadas start to sing and the day campers head... Read More

October 7, 2015

Starting Your Search for a Music, Arts, or Sports Camp

What do a finger painting, a pipe cleaner sculpture, a silent documentary about the plight of a cricket trapped in the bathroom, a marching band cadence, a professional production of the Nutcracker, and a spoken word poem about racism in elementary schools all have in common? They are all forms of artistic expression – the powerful and moving manifestation... Read More

September 13, 2015

3 Ways Summer Camps Need to Evaluate their Programs at the End of the Season

Summer camps are constantly looking at both qualitative and quantitative data to assess how well their programs did for the season. A good program gathers evaluations from all participants in their chain – campers, staff and parents. Each of these three groups offers insider information about how effective and successful the camp is, and where the gaps may be.... Read More

September 6, 2015

Why Camp Counselors Love Their Job

It seems crazy that a person would want to dedicate their summers to working extraordinary hours, caring for other people’s kids and exhausting themselves with daily activities and duties. Being a camp counselor is not an easy job. Often, camp counselors have responsibilities around the clock with minimal time off for themselves. They face issues that are normally left... Read More

August 29, 2015

3 Ways to Adjust when Your Summer Camp Job is Over for the Season

You’ve spent the summer wrangling children, cleaning up after them, tending to the homesick and pulling wayward arrows and pool noodles from places you never imagined they’d get stuck. And let’s be real – you’ve loved every second of your summer camp job. But as the leaves turn golden and all of your campers trudge from their cabins to... Read More

August 20, 2015

How Parents and Kids can Choose a Summer Camp Together

The decision to send your children to summer camp isn’t always an easy one. Even after they’ve decided on a space camp, do you send them to an overnight camp or a day camp? How do you find a program within your price range or in a certain geographic region? And then, how can you know that this institution... Read More

August 14, 2015

Summer Camps for Young Athletes

In addition to building athletic aptitude, sports summer camps foster many other components of kids’ personal development process: discipline, wellness and nutrition, teamwork, communication, and leadership – are all woven both naturally and intentionally into quality sports programs. Beyond traditional summer camps, sports camps also create a unique bond among their participants because these kids are striving to improve... Read More

August 5, 2015

Sports Summer Camps for Kids: Find the Best Programs for Girl and Boys

The summer camp industry often groups sports by gender, catering to social norms of boys in football jerseys and girls with their pompoms on the sidelines. Many young girls do dream of being flyers at the top of the cheeramid while their male peers grapple for the pigskin on the field. But we are also seeing more camps break... Read More